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date: 20 August 2019

Berton familylocked

  • David Charlton


French family of composers and performers.

(b Maubert-Fontaine, Ardennes, Jan 7, 1727; d Paris, May 14, 1780). Composer, conductor and arranger. He was a boy chorister in Senlis Cathedral, and studied the organ, the harpsichord and composition at the choir school. Some of his youthful motets were performed at the cathedral. He left for Paris to continue his studies, receiving encouragement from J.-M. Leclair, and at 16 joined the choir of Notre Dame as a tenor. After two years he was engaged as a singer at the Paris Opéra, but withdrew immediately (possibly because of shyness) and joined the cello section. From about 1746 he sang bass parts at Marseilles for two years and then became musical director at the Bordeaux Grand Théâtre, where he began the career of editing and arranging for which he is remembered. He also directed concerts, served as organist at two churches and composed ballet music which was well received....

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